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Ramadan, Beijing style

  • Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:23

On the evening of June 29th at the Madian mosque in northern Beijing, 100 or so Muslims gathered for prayer and the communal breaking of Ramadan’s first day of ritual fasting.

China: Stumbling In Xinjiang – Analysis

  • Mon, 06/30/2014 - 18:34

There are clear indications that the Chinese are stumbling in their effort to crush the Uighur struggle against the Han Chinese domination in Xinjiang.

Xinjiang Work Forum Marks New Policy of ‘Ethnic Mingling’

  • Fri, 06/20/2014 - 19:06

The recently concluded Central Work Forum on Xinjiang (zhongyang Xinjiang gongzuo zuotanhui) marked a subtle yet significant departure in the Chinese Communist Party’s approach to ethnic policy.

SCO, CSTO Increasing Efforts Against Internet Threats

  • Mon, 06/16/2014 - 00:00

June 16, 2014 - 5:25am,
by Joshua Kucera

China’s Not So Secret War on Religion

  • Mon, 06/16/2014 - 00:00

‘Recent developments indicate increased measures to control Islam and Christianity.’

The Uyghur World Cup 2014: A search for a National Identity

  • Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:22

On June 14, 2014, two days after the Fifa World Cup opens, the second Uyghur World Cup will take place over seven days in the Central Anatolian city of Kayseri in Turkey.

A group of journalists at the pro-democracy protest in Tiananmen Square, May 17, 1989. (Carl Ho / Courtesy Reuters)

Modern China's Original Sin

  • Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:08

Tiananmen Square's Legacy of Repression

Big brother: Surveillance cameras keep watch on the roads entering Pilal village in Xinjiang. Photo: Sanghee Liu

Uyghurs Under Socio-Economic Restriction in Wealthy East Turkistan

  • Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:16

The mountain ranges of northwestern East Turkestan (Xinjiang) are one of China's wealthiest regions, but scholars say its Muslim Uyghur inhabitants have lived under socio-economic restrictions for decades.

A watchtower in old Xian contrasts with a modern apartments, reflecting the city's role as hub for the new Silk Road. Photo: Bruce Holmes

China's new Silk Road plan builds on failed Go West drive

  • Mon, 06/02/2014 - 18:58

Two thousand years ago Xian was the heart of China's trade-driven economy.

Those Who Frighten China

  • Mon, 06/02/2014 - 18:56

Almost a year after September 11th, I returned from high school in Massachusetts to spend two months in Beijing, as the guest of family friends.